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Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net)

India Pushes for Tech Transfer at Durban Climate Talks

> By T.V. Padma

India has proposed that the climate talks in Durban next week should be refocused onto technology transfer, equity and trade barriers. The move comes amidst concerns over the sidelining of these issues because of increasingly heated political debates on climate change between developing and developed countries, India’s environment minister, Jayanthi Natarajan, said last week (17 November) at a media briefing. According to the Delhi-based nongovernmental organisation Centre for Science and (...) read

date of on-line publication : 25 November 2011


Indian campaign against corruption

> Anna Hazare takes on government on Lokpal Bill

The anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and many civil rights activists started their campaign for a strong law against corruption at high places on Tuesday. Hazare started the campaign with an indefinite fast at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, after paying homage to Mahatama Gandhi at his memorial at Rajghat. Just before starting the fast, Hazare made an offer to the Central government, asking it to involve prominent citizens and intellectuals in drafting the Lokpal Bill to effectively deal with (...) read

date of on-line publication : 6 April 2011

InfoChange News & Features

1.5 lakh workers protest food inflation on Delhi’s streets

Trade unions organised a march to Parliament and a rally to protest food inflation which stands at 11.05%. An estimated 1.5 lakh workers marched on the streets of Delhi and attended a rally on February 23, 2011, protesting increasing food prices and unemployment. The protesters marched to Parliament waving red flags, chanting slogans and carrying banners calling on the government to provide food security. ‘Prices will now kill the common man’, read one banner. The protests were led by trade (...) read

date of on-line publication : 1 March 2011


New loan sharks

The rural poor in Andhra Pradesh, a State showcased as a model for SHG-bank linkage, are caught in the vortex of microfinance. WITHIN a decade of their coming into operation, microfinance institutions (MFIs) have dealt a serious blow to the economy and the well-being of thousands of families in rural Andhra Pradesh. Harassment by their collection agents has allegedly driven at least 60 borrowers to death, and the number is increasing. Read (...) read

date of on-line publication : 21 December 2010

InfoChange News & Features

Govt rejects environment clearance to Vedanta

In a setback to Vedanta Resources, the Indian government has rejected environment clearance to its $ 1.7 billion bauxite mining project in Orissa after accepting the recommendations of a key panel clearing such ventures India’s environment ministry has rejected Vedanta Resources Plc’s proposal to mine bauxite in the eastern state of Orissa. Citing reasons for the denial of clearance, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said “there has been a very serious violation of the Environment Protection (...) read

date of on-line publication : 26 August 2010

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Jury of Indian farmers to pass judgement on agricultural science

A ’citizens jury’ of marginalised farmers in southern India will this week give their verdict on the future of research on food and agriculture. From 1-5 December, the jury will hear the testimony of special witnesses from government departments, agricultural universities, and farmers and consumers organisations. The jury will then make recommendations about how to make agricultural science better at serving the needs of the poor and marginalised majority. Read (...) read

date of on-line publication : 17 December 2009

Panos London

Farmers protest in India

Hundreds of farmers have gathered on the outskirts of India’s capital Delhi to demonstrate against a controversial land acquisition law. According to the BBC, the government plans to change the 115-year-old Land Acquisition Act. The farmers fear amendments of the law will make it easier for the government to take away their land for industrial use. The government claims the changes will improve the law. Land is a sensitive issue in India as around 65 per cent of the population depends on (...) read

date of on-line publication : 25 November 2009

InfoChange News & Features

India recognises ‘other’ gender in voter lists

India’s Election Commission has given transgenders an independent identity by letting them state their gender as ‘other’ on ballot forms. Thus far, transgenders have been forced to describe their gender as being either male or female. Their recognition as an independent group is the first step towards official recognition of a community that has so far remained on the margins of society. Read (...) read

date of on-line publication : 23 November 2009

Gujarat Chief Minister Endorses Unlawful Killings

Government Should Investigate Narendra Modi for Seeming Incitement to Violence Press realease : Human Rights Watch The Indian government should immediately order an investigation of Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat, for statements apparently endorsing the extrajudicial execution of a terrorism suspect by the police, Human Rights Watch said today. Gujarat’s antiterrorism squad in November 2005 gunned down Sohrabuddin Sheikh, whom police claimed was a militant conspiring to kill (...) read

date of on-line publication : 11 December 2007

InfoChange News & Features

The penguin goes to school: Linux to debut in Goa classrooms

After struggling for years to get access to non-pirated software to run their computer labs, schools in the western coastal state of Goa have received a bonanza that seems almost too good to be true. Red Hat India, part of a prominent global corporation dealing in `open source’ or `free’ software, has come up with an innovative plan which was promptly seized upon by volunteers pushing for the speedy computerisation of schools in Goa. Under the plan, schools will get access not just to all (...) read

date of on-line publication : 25 September 2007


World Bank attempt to privatise Mumbai’s water runs aground: Citizens reject report

> Focus on the Global South

On 3rd June, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) held a stakeholders meeting in which the New Zealand based consultant group Castalia (hired by the World Bank and the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility) to conduct a study in the K-east ward of Mumbai, presented their findings and recommendations after a year-long study, for the Water Distribution Improvement Programme (WDIP). The meeting was attended by the MCGM Labour Union, K-east ward residents, activists, (...) read

date of on-line publication : 21 June 2007


Climate change will devastate India

In South Asia, millions of people will find their lands and homes inundated, according to a draft report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. A FINAL draft of a report leaked from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to the authors lays out shocking scenarios for India and the rest of South Asia. The summary for policy makers that was released by the IPCC on Friday is a call for urgent action globally. While shocking, the fuller final draft version of the (...) read

date of on-line publication : 22 May 2007


Indian Guinea Pigs for Sale: Outsourcing Clinical Trials

> India Resource Centre, Sep 2004 (...)

This article, which begins by exposing unapproved clinical trials of genetically engineered drugs in India, details some of the current trends for outsourcing clinical trials from the West. As well as presenting opinions from within the pharmaceutical and research sectors (for example, the benefit of using populations in developing countries which are “drug naïve”), it also looks at the ethical issues surrounding the practice, stressing the need for research which involves informed voluntary consent and is relevant to the host country’s most pressing health needs.  read

date of on-line publication : 13 December 2005

SHARMA Sudhirendar

Little space for grassroots innovations

> 3 May 2005, India Together (...)

This article reflects on the role technology can play to lift people out of poverty and how the media should reflect this. Taking the example of India’s demographic situation, the author questions why we should believe that one model fits all. Lack of funding for appropriate technology programmes - which could be simple in design but ultimately carrying a tangible positive impact on communities (e.g. those using renewable energy) contrasts with the investment in purely market-driven ‘hi-tech’ programmes. Conversely, the article continues, new patent laws will allow companies to pool the informal knowledge that exists.  read

date of on-line publication : 18 November 2005

SHARMA Devinder

The politics of farm technologies

> 9 October 2005, India Together (...)

Here the article questions the effectiveness of alternatives to traditional farming methods, in particular with regards to seed quality certification. The author debates the impact of favouring big industries commercial interests’ and calls for caution when pushing cost-intensive technologies on farmers.  read

date of on-line publication : 17 November 2005

SHIVA Vandana

India’s Water Future

The commodification of water

> 3rd November, 2005, ZNet (...)

This commentary looks at the World Bank’s efforts to reduce water to a “market economy” and its intentions for privatisation in India. The author also brings in a comparison with the Seed Act of 2004. Furthermore, the author argues: “by ignoring the ecological and hydrological limits of water availability and allowing water access and water distribution to be driven by insatiable markets, the Bank is prescribing a deepening of the water crisis and a growing polarization in access the water. The Bank’s future vision is the vision for a hydro-apartheid.”

  • More commentaries by the same author on the subjects of water and biopiracy can be found here.

date of on-line publication : 8 November 2005

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